Jessica Wright

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NSW Right forced Paul Howes out of Senate contest

Some MPs feared Mr Howes would join Stephen Conroy and Wayne Swan as destabilising forces against the renewal that both Labor leadership candidates, …

Albanese and Shorten put loyalty to the test

He added: ''I know that Mr Albanese has always been a very keen supporter of Mr Rudd and I respect him for it.'' Both contenders appeared determined …

Unlocked, for a nostalgic morning: Chloe Hooper's outstanding sketches of Julia Gillard's final months as PM #auspol

An extract from David Marr's award-winning essay on Tony Abbott, 'Political Animal', including Malcolm Turnbull's criticism of the new PM's "immature rhetoric":

Today's PoliticOz: ARISE, BILL SHORTEN Bill Shorten has declared that he will stand as a candidate for the Labor leadership. Labor caucus will meet on Friday, and if Anthony Albanese stays out of the race Shorten will likely be elected unopposed. Shorten has been regarded as a future leader of the Labor party since he headed one of Australia's largest unions, the Australian Workers' Union. As a union leader he had a reputation as a fine negotiator and an effective representative who was also happy to work with business. He became a Parliamentary Secretary and Minister in the Rudd/Gillard governments and contributed to major social reforms including the NDIS, Gonski school funding and to superannuation changes. He has also been a factional leader in the ALP Right from early on in his career, and was one of the key figures in the removal of Rudd in 2010. He then voted to reinstall Rudd earlier this year. Bill Shorten's opponents will ensure that he always carries some factional and union baggage. If he becomes leader, the challenge of unifying and rebuilding the Labor party will depend on his ability, like Hawke before him, to demonstrate he is not beholden to his backers, that he understands business and is not averse to reform. Shorten is a good communicator and organiser, and he's street smart and hard-working. So it's not out of the question.

Today's PoliticOz: 19 BLOKES AND A BISHOP "I'm obviously disappointed that there aren't more women in Cabinet," said Mr Abbott, as if he had no say in the matter. Tony Abbott took a conservative approach to selecting his new Cabinet, largely holding to his promise to maintain the same leadership team as he had in Opposition. So having made little attempt to address the gender imbalance throughout those years, his "calm and measured" selection unsurprisingly included few women amongst the new appointments. Nineteen blokes and a Bishop, as Annabel Crabb described it. The overall imbalance is unlikely to change much in the future: the list of parliamentary secretaries, traditionally the entry point for future leaders, includes just one woman out of 12 – and even Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is only there after being demoted from the outer ministry. A less remarked-upon aspect of the new ministry is that the trade portfolio has been stripped from the Nationals, making Andrew Robb (Trade and Investment) the first Liberal since 1956 to hold this role. Mr Robb and incoming assistant treasurer Arthur Sinodinos both declared that attracting international investment was key to boosting economic growth, a strong sign that this government will not be pandering to the protectionist impulses of its National party members. A final note: it doesn't take a linguist to see the symbolism in the naming of the new portfolios – science, climate change, energy, financial services, aging and disability no longer rate a mention, but border protection and ANZAC do.

'The constant gardener': Lisa Clausen's lovely ode to Michael Morrison, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch's gardener of 42 years

How far can Mal Brough keep crashing through? A look at the new Member for Fisher by Nick Bryant #auspol